blog home Amusement Park Accident Two Injured on Roller Coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm

By Renee Nordstrand on September 22, 2009

Two were injured last Wednesday when a cable broke during a ride on Knott’s Berry Farm’s Xcelerator.

A 12 year old boy was sent to the hospital with moderate injuries after his leg was cut on the cable.  Another man complaining of back pain was also treated at the hospital.

A video posted online of the incident shows the Xcelerator’s cars leaving the boarding platform and climbing a 205 foot horseshoe loop when the cable breaks and the cars decelerate back to the platform.

The ride remains closed this week as state officials investigate the cause of the broken cable.  The cable was not scheduled to be replaced until December.  Knott’s Berry Farm inspects each ride before opening daily, a spokesperson said.

In this situation, the injured riders should contact a California personal injury attorney with experience in amusement park accidents.  Depending on the cause of the broken cable, the injured riders may be entitled to monetary compensation.  If the ride was not properly inspected or maintained, Knott’s Berry Farm may be responsible for the incident.  If manufacturing errors caused the broken cable, the ride’s manufacturer may be held liable.

Our best wishes are with those injured in the incident as they continue to recover.